Top BS/MD Programs

You’ve wanted to become a medical doctor single you first got your hands on a Fisher Price stethoscope. In high school, you aced through AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus and still found 10 hours a week to volunteer in a local hospital. There’s a 99%-100% chance that, at the conclusion of your undergraduate education, you will be submitting applications to med school. If this sounds like you, then you may wish to accelerate your pathway to being called “Doc” and consider a BS/MD program.

What is a BS/MD program?

Highly-qualified high schoolers have the opportunity to concurrently gain acceptance to an undergraduate institution as well as an affiliated medical school. This can lead to a completion of a bachelor’s degree and medical degree in just 7-8 years. Sometimes the undergrad and medical programs are part of the same university (i.e. Drexel, Baylor, University of Pittsburgh), while other times the BS/MD program is a partnership between an undergraduate school and an affiliated medical school (i.e. Hobart and William Smith Colleges/SUNY Upstate Medical University).

Potential Advantages:

  • In many programs, you will not be required to take the MCAT
  • Enjoy a host of enrichment opportunities in local hospitals that are not open to typical undergraduates
  • Enjoy an advantage in undergraduate research opportunities
  • Save on time and tuition dollars by shaving years off of your educational pathway
  • Your curricular choices will not be guided by trying to impress medical schools
  • Less overall stress (see points above)

The Top BS/MD Programs

The medical field is highly competitive and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools offering BS/MD programs that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Washington University in St. Louis, Boston University, and the University of Rochester. For a complete list of College Transitions Top BS/MD Programs, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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